How do we talk about suicide?
How do we encourage young people to open up about their mental health?
As part of Mental Health Week (Oct 10-17), the award-winning documentary The Girl On The Bridge will release for the first time in Australia, wading headfirst into that important conversation.
The Girl On The Bridge, directed by award winning New Zealand filmmaker Leanne Pooley is a glimpse into a world few of us comprehend. This documentary is a response to our collective anguish about the suicide crisis in our communities and our desire to “do something”.
Twenty-two year old Jazz Thornton survived multiple suicide attempts and is now taking on a system she believes is failing her generation, founding her own charity to support young people struggling as she once did.
Shot over a two year period, The Girl On The Bridge follows Jazz as she increasingly finds herself the face of the suicide epidemic unfolding around her. Young people and their families turn to her in desperation asking her to “save” them. She juggles the pressure of their expectations while doing all she can to change the societal prejudices that helped create the problem in the first place.
This is a film about hope. It’s a film about redemption. The Girl On The Bridge is a challenge to all of us to try to understand.
If you are worried that someone is in immediate danger or you feel in danger yourself please call the police immediately, they are here to help. If you would like to access support and advice please go to the website to find local and international helplines.
Playing at Limelight Cinemas Tuggeranong this week or you can watch from the comfort of your own home. Buy tickets for the online premiere:
For more information about the movie and Jazz’s story go to the official website.